If you have a great idea or story that you would like to turn into a short film or video, the best thing to do is start. Filmmaking seems like a highly involved and complicated process, but if you are willing to learn the tips and tricks, it will be rewarding when you are able to translate your idea into a film. One great thing about filmmaking in this time period is the access we have to technology. Before, filmmaking was reserved only for professionals because the process was so labor intensive and working with film is difficult. Nowadays with digital film, anyone can work on their filmmaking with more of an ease, although computer skills are necessary when it comes to editing.
Be Open to Criticism
Your first few videos will inevitably not be your best work. When you complete your first film and begin sharing it to friends and family or on YouTube, be open to the criticism that may come from it. Like any other skill, great filmmaking will come the more you’re able to practice. Even though you may receive criticism on your first project, you have to keep going and produce more films. The more projects you take on, the better you’ll be in the long-term.
Read Up on Filmmaking
There are many blogs, instructional videos, and information out there on how to get started, the best equipment for your budget, and what software options you have available. One of the best things for you to do is read up on anything and everything you are able to find on the art of filmmaking.
Have a Story
It’s great if you have a story already in mind that you have created to go off of for your film, but if not, try using some written stories to get your creativity going. The great thing about using a piece of literature is your ability to interpret the author’s ideas and bring it to life. You could even recreate a scene from your favorite movie to see how close you’re able to get to the original, which would be great practice in figuring out lighting,
Work With What You Have
You might not have high-end equipment, but you can still come up with a great film that tells a great story. Work with whatever equipment you’re able to obtain and make the most of it. If you have a background in sound production, make the most of this and use great music. Research how to use the lights you have in your home as lighting for the film.
Whatever your goal is for producing a film, it can be achieved with effort and willingness to learn.